Bleeding Heart

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Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos)
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Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectacles). This plant likes dappled sunlight and works great for borders and woodland gardens. It's the classic pink heart-shaped flowers born on long racemes. This old fashioned plant blooms during the month of May into June. After the bloom, the foliage does die down with the heat so it is a great idea to grow with Hosta and Astilbes to hide the foliage as it melts away until the next spring. It's easy to grow and a classic addition to your perennial borders.

Planting & Care for Bleeding Heart Plants

Preparation

  • Dicentra (Bleeding Hearts) grows best in filtered sunlight.
  • Strong, hot, drying winds make it shrivel up. A sheltered position protects against late frosts.
  • Needs well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
  • Dig in copious quantities of decayed manure or compost several weeks before planting.

Opening Plant Material

  • Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until it stops bubbling, remove. You’re now ready to plant.

Planting

  • You can plant in spring or fall.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more wider on the sides.
  • For Containers - Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot. Many times perennials have many roots in the pots – Lay the plant on its side and cut out the bottom 2" of roots and soil for quicker establishment in the ground.
  • With shovel or knife trim the bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle the soil around the root ball.

Pruning - After Planting

  • Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • After flowering - Cut out spent flower stems.
  • As the foliage yellows and dies off, cut it off just above the ground.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as oft en as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.

 

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Handling & Planting Guidelines

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Special Plant Features & Tips

  • Dicentra (Bleeding Hearts) grows best in filtered sunlight.
  • Strong, hot, drying winds make it shrivel up. A sheltered position protects against late frosts.
  • Needs well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
  • Dig in copious quantities of decayed manure or compost several weeks before planting.
  • These blooms are not suitable for cutting.
  • Apply a sprinkling of a complete plant food whenever growth begins in the spring.
  • Transplant March and May
  • Divide in October
  • Pruning - After flowering - Cut out spent flower stems. As the foliage yellows and dies off, cut it off just above the ground. 

Check-out our video series on pruning shrubs. 

How to plant containers 

 

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 3-9

Bloom Time: May - June
Color: Green, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Plant Size: 28"
Flower Color: Pink/Red, White
Fall Color: Yellow leaves
Sunlight: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: No
Attracts Bees: No
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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